(June 13, 2008) – Gainesway Thoroughbreds Ltd.’s Ocean Colors, a 2-year-old homebred daughter of 1988 Kentucky Derby winner Winning Colors, made her racing debut one to remember Friday afternoon at Churchill Downs by scoring a front-running 5 1/4-length victory over Jehan in the fourth race.
Trained by Steve Asmussen and ridden by Shaun Bridgmohan, Ocean Colors covered the five furlongs over a fast main track in a meet-best 57.08 seconds in defeating six other 2-year-old fillies. She rewarded her backers with a $5 win payoff as the second betting choice.
“She sure has a lot of class,” said Asmussen, who’ll saddle reigning “Horse of the Year” Curlin in Saturday’s $1 million Stephen Foster Handicap (GI) at Churchill Downs. “I didn’t know she’d be that fast from the (starting) gate. Who knows how good she might be?”
Winning Colors became the third filly to win the Kentucky Derby when she won the 114th Run for the Roses under jockey Gary Stevens for owner Gene Klein and trainer D. Wayne Lukas. Winning Colors died this year on Feb. 17 following complications from colic.
Ocean Colors, sired by another Lukas trainee Orientate, is the next-to-last foal produced by Winning Colors. Her last foal is a yearling filly by Mr. Greeley.
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